Happy Memorial Day

It Means Much More

A banner often slighted

as it blows in the breeze

taken for granted

and pledged in the line of duty;

it isn’t just a symbol for

freedom,

peace

and a nation proud and strong,

it means much more to me.

It’s the loss of a brother,

a soldier to the end.

Letters from him

said he didn’t understand

but he fought for his country

in a foreign land;

others turned

and blamed the nation,

he struggled for freedom

and for peace.

The flag isn’t just a symbol

it means much more to me.

Published in Boston Literary Magazine Summer 2009 (Archives)

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